STARworks Clay Studio Resident Artist Program

Resident Artists

Resident artists are selected based on a competitive pool of applicants from across the country and abroad, working in sculpture, functional pottery and design. Residents are chosen based on the quality and strength of their work, clearly expressed goals for residency and the dynamics that fit the studio at a given time to foster the excellence and diverse creative atmosphere of STARworks Clay Studio. Residents are provided with time to push personal, professional, technical and conceptual limits. Ceramic artists who are at a crucial stage in their career and require an opportunity to experiment, refine and formalize studio practices are encouraged to apply. 

Visiting Artists

STARworks Clay Studio in Star, NC is an exciting new international residency and visiting artist program that is an offshoot of STARworks Ceramics Materials and Research. Professional visiting artists will be invited to STARworks to provide expertise and artistic inspiration during the residency periods. 


Application Deadlines are September 30 and February 28

Residencies span one to six months in duration. The duration depends on the proposal submitted by the artist and the available studio space. Apply by September 30 for the Spring Session (January 10 - June 30) and by February 28 for the Fall Session (July 1 - December 15).



  • Shimpo & Brent wheels
  • Shimpo mixer pugmill
  • Brent and Bailey slab rollers
  • North Star extruder
  • Spray booth
  • Electric kilns
    • 1.7 cubic ft. test kiln
    • 10 cubic ft. L&L kiln
    • 16 cubic ft. Skutt oval kiln
    • 16 cubic ft. front-loading electric reduction kiln
  • 3-chambered wood kiln with Noborigama, glaze and salt chambers
  • 10 cubic ft. front-loading gas kiln

Residents will have to opportunity to purchase supplies and tools at STARworks Ceramics, which is located on site.

Financial opportunities


Resident artists, interns and visiting artists have the opportunity to teach workshops in their fields. This helps foster an educational environment in the studios. Workshop instructors receive 50% of the revenue generated from participant fees. 

Gallery Sales

Resident artists, interns and visiting artists are encouraged to place work in the STARworks Gallery. Artists receive 60% of the sale price with STARworks only taking 40% for commission


Studio Space and Materials

Resident artists are provided with studio space, 24/7 studio access and up to 300 lbs. of STARworks Ceramics clay, manufactured on-site using local wild clay. Other dry and mixed clay materials and tools can be purchased in the STARworks Ceramics Supply Shop. 


STARworks offers subsidized housing that can be rented by residents for $250/month per person. STARworks housing is shared co-ed, pet free and smoke free.


Resident artist can apply for a stipend of up to $800 per month in exchange for assistance with studio maintenance, and helping with events, workshops and occasional teaching responsibilities. Please be sure to submit the Work Exchange application along with the rest of your application materials if you wish to apply for a stipend.


Artist Expectations

Artist Talks

We introduce our artists to the public with a scheduled evening slide show and artist talk. This is a great way for artist to share their projects with the community and make creative connections. 

Art Donation

We ask artists to leave one to two pieces of their work at STARworks. One piece will be added to our permanent collection. The other piece may go in an auction to raise funds that will be put back into STARworks programming.


Resident artists are asked to write a short testimonial about their time at STARworks. Testimonials will be used in fundraising campaigns and to advertise our residency program. 



STARworks Ceramics Materials and Clay Factory carries over 100 types of materials and tools for potters, and manufactures local clay bodies using raw North Carolina clays.  

STARworks Glass Studio is a non-profit public access glass studio with state-of-the-art glass equipment built by Wet Dog Glass, one of the top glass equipment fabricators in the country.

STARworks Clay Studio is a non-profit clay studio with large workspaces placed side by side, supporting a collaborative and energetic educational environment.

STARworks has has an iron melting cupola, a 30" x 30" coke forge, a 6" open pass-through forge, anvil, mold making, and MIG and TIG welding.   



Seagrove Pottery Area is minutes away and is home to more than 100 potters, producing everything from utilitarian, functional pieces to high-end decorative art.  Along with the usual gas and electric firings, there are over thirty wood kilns in use in the immediate area.  The North Carolina Pottery Center located in the village of Seagrove, has exhibits that illustrate the history and progression of pottery in the state

North Carolina Zoological Park, located just 18 miles from STARworks, is one of the finest open-habitat zoological parks in the world.

Uwharrie Mountains & Lakes provide ample opportunities for recreational fun, including hiking the 25-mile Uwharrie Trail, horseback riding along more than 100 miles of scenic trails, off-roading, river and flat-water paddling, camping, backpacking, hunting, cycling, moutain biking, swimming, gold panning, birding and fishing.